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Romelu Lukaku at the double as Everton book last 16 spot
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Romelu Lukaku at the double as Everton book last 16 spot

Fola Akintomide

Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form with a brace as Everton comfortably booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-1 victory over BSC Young Boys. Roberto Martinez’s side are now the only English team remaining in the competition after Liverpool and Tottenham were knocked out earlier in the evening.

Trailing by a scoreline of 4-1 from the first leg, Young Boys started the brighter and opened the scoring on 13 minutes through Sekou Sanogo who pounced after Tim Howard parried a shot into his path. Everton, however, found themselves level 12 minutes later when Steven Naismith was brought down in the penalty area by Marco Wolfli and Lukaku stepped up to coolly slot home the spot-kick.

The Belgian international was on the score-sheet once more on 30 minutes when he tucked away Luke Garbutt’s cross with a lovely volley. It was his 15th goal of the season and his FIFTH against the Swiss side, after bagging a hat-trick in the first-leg. Kevin Mirallas added Everton’s third three minutes before the break after latching onto a fine pass from Darron Gibson to extend his side’s aggregate lead to 7-2.

With a trip to the Emirates on Sunday to look forward to, the five goal advantage allowed Martinez to make changes in the second-half with Lukaku being subbed at the start of the second-half – although the Belgian appeared to be nursing a slight injury as he departed. The rest of the game was played in a fairly timid fashion with neither side getting out of second gear.